West Ham manager David Moyes has revealed why Jesse Lingard didn’t sign for the Hammers this summer. The Scot rejected the idea of being snubbed by Lingard, who spent the second half of last season on loan with Moyes’ side.
Lingard enjoyed a stellar half-season with West Ham last season, scoring nine goals and assisting a further four goals in just 16 appearances after failing to make a single Premier League appearance for Manchester United in the first half of the campaign.
The 28-year-old’s resurgence also earned him two call-ups to Gareth Southgate’s England side, including the provisional 33-man squad for this summer’s European Championship.
Lingard was continuously linked with a return to West Ham over the summer but a move never materialised and Moyes has explained why the transfer didn’t happen.
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“No, nothing like that at all,” Moyes said when asked if Lingard had rejected the chance to come back to West Ham, as seen above.
“Ole made it clear to me quite early in the transfer window that he wanted to keep him. I knew pretty early in the transfer window that he was staying at Manchester United.
“I was listening to all the stuff but I had a private conversation with Ole, who made it clear he was staying.”
Lingard has just one year remaining on his contract at Manchester United and although he made the costly error against Young Boys earlier this week, Solskjaer has insisted he remains in the plans going forward.